Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Feb 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 02/03/2024

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Community Profile

This project is a part of our shared program with Western Water And Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO). Our team is pleased to directly share the below report (edited for clarity, as needed).

Welcome to the School

Students and their teachers arrive at school around 6:45am. Morning study hall starts at 7am and goes until assembly at 8am, when students listen to announcements from the headteacher. Normal classes begin at 8:15am and go until 4pm with an hour's break for lunch.

507 students attend Mudete Primary School, of which 254 are boys and 253 are girls. They are taught by 13 teachers, and the school also employs two support staff. (Editor's Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people. To learn more, click here.)

We were introduced to Mudete Primary School through its headteacher, who came directly to our office asking for help.

Water Situation

Mudete Primary School has no water, and must send its students out into the surrounding community when they're thirsty. The most popular water source is an open spring that slowly flows through a grassy area. Students bring their plastic containers and dip the openings underwater until full. Even though this water is visibly contaminated, it is used for drinking, cooking, and cleaning.

After drinking, students suffer from typhoid, cholera, and other waterborne illnesses. Not only are students missing valuable class time to fetch water, but they're also missing school because they're home sick.

Sanitation Situation

The sanitation situation is one of the worst we've seen, too. There are only six useable latrines for the boys. There used to be another eight for the girls, but those collapsed just a few months ago. The teachers decided to share two of their latrines with the girls. It's not uncommon to waste almost half of class waiting for the majority of girls to return from the latrines.

Deputy Headteacher Muguni Phoebe confirmed this, saying "Currently we don't have any functioning toilet for the girl child. All the eight toilets for the girl child collapsed due to heavy rains in this area. We fear for our hygiene, as toilets are a basic sanitation facility in an institution. Currently we have donated two doors for the teachers to our girls. Teachers now share with the polytechnic staff, which does inconvenience us."

Even with these difficulties, school administration has done its best to offer hygiene and sanitation opportunities to its pupils. There is a plastic hand-washing station with soap, and a dish rack for drying lunch utensils. There's also a good garbage pit.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training and Hand-Washing Stations

Training will be held for two days. The facilitator will use PHAST (participatory hygiene and sanitation transformation), ABCD (asset-based community development), CTC (child to child), lectures, group discussions, and handouts to teach health topics and ways to promote good practices within the school. The CTC method will prepare students to lead other students into healthy habits, as well as kickstart a CTC club for the school. This CTC club will oversee the new facilities, such as hand-washing stations, and make sure they are kept clean and in working condition. The two hand-washing stations will be delivered to the school, and the club will fill them with water on a daily basis and make sure there is always a cleaning agent such as soap or ash.

Plans: VIP Latrines

Two triple-door latrines will be constructed with local materials that the school will help gather. It will be up to the school to divide these six latrine doors between the students to make both boys and girls comfortable. And with a new source of water on school grounds, students and staff should have enough to keep these new latrines clean.

Plans: Rainwater Catchment Tank

A 50,000-liter rainwater catchment tank will help alleviate the water crisis at this school. The school will also help gather the needed materials such as sand, rocks, and water from the spring for mixing cement. Once finished, this tank can begin catching rainfall that will be used by the school’s students and staff. Students will no longer be distracted by their water needs.

We and the school strongly believe that with this assistance, standards will significantly improve. These higher standards will translate to better academic performance!

Project Updates

December, 2018: A Year Later: Mudete Primary School

A year ago, your generous donation enabled us to construct a rainwater tank for Mudete Primary School in Kenya. The contributions of incredible monthly donors and others giving directly to The Water Promise allow our local teams to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the water project over time. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories. Read more...

February, 2018: Mudete Primary School Project Complete

Mudete Primary School in Kenya now has a new source of safe, clean water thanks to your generous donation. A new rainwater catchment system has been built, and there are now six new latrines being used. Two hand-washing stations have been installed, and students have received training in sanitation and hygiene. Just imagine the difference these resources will make in the lives of these students!

You made it happen, now help keep the water flowing! Join our team of monthly donors and help us maintain this rainwater catchment tank and many other projects.

Project Result: New Knowledge

Thanks to the school's headteacher, we were able to successfully arrange hygiene and sanitation training for students and teachers.

Students and teachers received notebooks and pens to record all the new things they learned.

We taught that hygiene entails personal hygiene, water hygiene, and environmental hygiene. Attention needs to be given to each facet of hygiene to enjoy a healthy life.

An entire lesson was on management and maintenance of the new tank and latrine facilities. Regular checking and cleaning of the gutter system is a must! It’s also important to treat the water while it is still in the tank. We also covered topics including but not limited to:

– Water pollution and water treatment

– Cleaning self and clean environment

– Group dynamics, leadership, and governance

– Forming an effective CTC (child to child) club

– Hand-washing

Demonstrations were used for hand-washing, tooth-brushing, solar disinfection, and many other topics. We facilitated group discussions and presentations, and students took part in role-plays. The students also received handouts which will help them teach hygiene and sanitation to their peers.

The new hand-washing stations were delivered in time for training demonstrations and practice.

The CTC club will include both students and teachers who want to take responsibility for spreading the message of good health and hygiene among their peers. They will also be responsible for managing hand-washing stations, cleaning latrines, and keeping the school environment tidy. A water user committee has also been formed by parents and school administration, which will be responsible for overseeing and maintaining the new facilities. And since the tank was finished by the time we held training, we could take everyone to see exactly what we were talking about when it comes to caring for their new water source.

Headteacher Muhizi said, "Thank you for imparting greater knowledge to us. We have learned useful information which indeed is important to us as a school. We will disseminate this information to the rest of our members who didn't have the opportunity to attend."

Project Result: VIP Latrines

This project funded the installation of six new VIP (ventilated improved pit) latrines. All of these latrines are easy to use and clean. And with a rainwater catchment tank, there should be enough water to keep them clean all the time!

Project Result: Hand-Washing Stations

The two hand-washing stations were delivered to school and handed over to the CTC club. These have been placed outside of the boys’ and girls’ latrines to encourage hand-washing after latrine use. CTC club members will teach other students how to properly wash their hands at these stations, and will make sure there is always soap or ash available. Now the school has the stations they need, and they have the water to fill them.

Project Result: Rainwater Catchment Tank

Construction for this 50,000-liter rainwater catchment tank was successful!

Parents, staff, and students helped our artisans gather everything needed for construction. All the while, women cooked meals for the artisans, and the school provided accommodations for the artisans during their work. Some local men and women even helped our artisans with their manual labor.

Building a ladder for this construction project

The construction process officially began with our staff and school administration moving around the school compound to try and determine the best location for a new rainwater catchment tank. This needed to be the best site with good, clean roofing to catch the rainwater.

Rainwater tank construction began with clearance of the site: excavating the soil within the required measurements to make level ground for the tank foundation. The foundation was cast by laying hardcore on a level ground and then reinforcing it using steel, concrete and waterproof cement.

As the foundation was being lain, both the drawing pipe as well as the washout pipe were affixed. The wall was built with ferro-cement techniques through six layers. The inner wall was plastered while rough casting was done on the outer part. The catchment area was dug, plastered, and a staircase installed.

After the superstructure had been given enough time to settle, the dome construction followed. The manhole cover was fitted, inlet pipes were connected to the roof gutters, inlet screens, ventilation pipes (breathers) and overflow pipes were all done to standards.

Having enough water to mix the tank's concrete was actually the biggest challenge. The headteacher volunteered his small car to drive back and forth from a river to get enough water.

The tank was given three to four weeks to undergo complete curing before it was cleaned and handed over to Mudete Primary School. Mr. Muhizi said, "We had tried on many occasions to reach out to the county government for assistance, but it had never been positive. We thank our donors for taking the initiative of coming to our rescue. Our school had also received a closure notice, but thank God we are now safe." Mrs. Ebby Atsiaya is a mother who celebrated clean water with these students. "This school had a major issue to do with water and sanitation facilities. Our pupils had been wasting much time fetching water from far distances and this had a huge impact on their studies. With the implementation of this project, our pupils will have a conducive environment for their studies and I believe their performance will improve," Mrs. Atsiaya said.

January, 2018: Mudete Primary School Project Underway

Mudete Primary School in Kenya has begun building a new source of safe, clean water because of your generous donation. A rainwater catchment tank and new latrines are being constructed, hand-washing stations provided, and the school is being trained on proper sanitation and hygiene practices. Imagine the impact this will have on these students! Thank you for noticing the need here, and we’ll keep you posted as the work continues. But for now, please enjoy the new stories, pictures, and maps of this school.

Thank You for partnering with us to unlock the potential of these young students!

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Project Type

For a rainwater collection system, we build gutters around a building with good, clean roofing to channel rain where we want it. From there, the water falls through a filtered inlet pipe into a high-capacity storage tank, the size of which is based on population and average rainfall patterns. In the tank, water can be stored for months, where it is easily treated and accessed. Learn more here!

A Year Later: Mudete Primary School

December, 2018

The student garden looks great and the crops are doing well thanks to the availability of so much water in the rainwater tank.

Keeping The Water Promise

There's an incredible community of monthly donors who have come alongside you in supporting clean water in Mudete Primary School.

This giving community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Mudete Primary School maintain access to safe, reliable water. Together, they keep The Water Promise.

We’re confident you'll love joining this world-changing group committed to sustainability!

A year ago, your generous donation enabled us to construct a rainwater tank for Mudete Primary School in Kenya. The contributions of incredible monthly donors and others giving directly to The Water Promise allow our local teams to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the water project over time. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – and we’re excited to share this one from local team member Christina Luvandwa with you.

This water tank on school grounds has enabled pupils to have easy access to clean and safe water for drinking and other chores throughout each school day.

"We do not have problems as we did in the past. We are therefore very grateful for this project," said health teacher Robert Amiani.

Health Teacher Robert Amiani

They also started a school garden where they have planted maize and vegetables. They use excess water from the tank to water them. The garden looks great and the crops are doing well.

Construction of the tank is only one step along the journey toward sustainable access to clean water. The Water Project is committed to consistent monitoring of each water source. Our monitoring and evaluation program, made possible by donors like you, allows us to maintain our relationships with communities by visiting up to 4 times each year to ensure that the water points are safe and reliable.

This is just one of the many ways that we monitor projects and communicate with you. Additionally, you can always check the functionality status and our project map to see how all of our water points are performing, based on our consistent monitoring data.

One project is just a drop in the bucket towards ending the global water crisis, but the ripple effects of this project are truly astounding. This project at Mudete Primary School is changing many lives.

Shazeleen Kahetza shared another great example of positive change. She noted the importance of the toilets that were constructed at the same time as the rainwater tank.

Field Officer Christine Luvandwa, Robert Amiani, and Shazleen Kahetza

"The toilets have enabled us to have privacy away from the boys and we are able to keep them clean with the water from the tank," she said.

This is only possible because of the web of support and trust built between The Water Project, our local teams, the community, and you. We are excited to stay in touch with this community and support their journey with safe water.

Read more about The Water Promise and how you can help.

Navigating through intense dry spells, performing preventative maintenance, conducting quality repairs when needed and continuing to assist community leaders to manage water points are all normal parts of keeping projects sustainable. The Water Promise community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Mudete Primary School maintain access to safe, reliable water.

We’d love for you to join this world-changing group committed to sustainability.

The most impactful way to continue your support of Mudete Primary School – and hundreds of other places just like this – is by joining our community of monthly givers.

Your monthly giving will help provide clean water, every month... keeping The Water Promise.


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